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Friday August 19, 2011

Zavalla, TX (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: This is the scene around Lake Sam Rayburn. Dead fish every 20 yards or so and dead fresh water clams everywhere. The lake is 11 feet low and is losing about an inch a day.

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23. rlwhipkey
11:35 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
IT'S RAINING!!
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22. polishprinz1
1:03 AM GMT on August 24, 2011
global warming is an earth's cycle since
the early beginning. political or not!
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21. rlwhipkey
12:39 AM GMT on August 24, 2011
Thank each of you for your comment. I was hoping to generate a strong response with my photos. We appreciate the prayers. That's what we need right now. Not only for rain and for the people affected by this drought, but for guidance. Guidance for our leaders and guidance when the time comes to elect new ones. The political arena is not the only arena that needs a fresh prospective. Again, thanks for the comments on my photos and thanks for your prayers. God bless
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20. Vtail
10:36 PM GMT on August 23, 2011
Nice photo, sad subject. Even more sad, however, are those who can't comment on a photo without airing their political views.
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19. vince1
6:33 PM GMT on August 23, 2011
I love the solutions being employed here, if only we become cavemen again, the rain will return! Nevermind China and India.
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18. CanadianClimateHawk
6:04 PM GMT on August 23, 2011
Well I am glad that people want to pray for the people affected by these droughts but they might want to couple that with electing representatives who are prepared to start dealing with CO2 Emissions which are driving the climate towards increasing likelihood of droughts.
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17. tamcat
2:59 AM GMT on August 23, 2011
Wow. Nicely done photo. Hope you get rain soon. -kevin :)
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16. iamblessed0816
7:15 PM GMT on August 22, 2011
That is sad. I haven't been up there in a couple of months! We do need rain.
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15. Rescued77
11:59 PM GMT on August 21, 2011
Similar at Lake Joe Pool- it's down about 6ft, don't have any actual figures, but using the waterline on the rocks as a measure. I've seen the clam shells, no fish yet thank God. When the rains come they'll probably leave us with the place flooded- that happened in 2008 when lake levels were very low.
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14. dixiedaughter
7:43 PM GMT on August 21, 2011
Heartbreaking shot and series, wow!
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13. rlwhipkey
6:52 PM GMT on August 21, 2011
That is ironic! Hadn't noticed until you pointed it out. We have a 20% chance of rain in the forecast. Hope it is the beginning of the replenishment that we need.
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12. Ojiisan
12:38 PM GMT on August 21, 2011
This is really terrible!! It is ironic that right next to your series is one about monsoon rains.
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11. rlwhipkey
6:26 AM GMT on August 21, 2011
Thank you all for your comments. The heat doesn't seem to be the problem with an evaporation rate just .o1 higher than last year. But Sam Rayburn receives an annual rainfall of just over 60 inches. As of this week it has gotten only slightly over 17 inches. This following a below average rainfall last year. We need rain. I've noticed that our trees are beginning to die. This, in just the last 7 to 10 days.
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10. WildWings
12:22 AM GMT on August 21, 2011
A great photo - well composed. A 10 from me.
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9. WildWings
12:13 AM GMT on August 21, 2011
The weather we are experiencing this summer is similar to what we had in 1980. At that time the heat wave was blamed on the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's in May of that year. When there was a major volcanic eruption in May of 2011 (Iceland - same hemisphere) I wondered if Texas would again have an unbearably hot summer. So far it has been almost identical, except that we have had less rain. Sorry folks. The volcanic influence has to be considered before global warming can be blamed.
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8. hannabanana
10:51 PM GMT on August 20, 2011
I lived near Sacramento when Folsom Lake hit its lowest point in history back in 1977-78. Your photos remind me of that. This brings back the sad memories of what I saw back then. I really hope the drought breaks and rain comes soon.
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7. WanderWorld
9:24 PM GMT on August 20, 2011
I agree with ERLBarna. It is almost their karma that the south was denying humans were causing global warming the most so they are getting hit by it the hardest. They were warned for at least for the last 23 years. They refused to change their ways and stop destroying the land.
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6. ERLBarna
9:11 PM GMT on August 20, 2011
I'll tell you what's tragic: you-all's governor running for president and saying he doesn't think people are causing global warming. In this day and age that's totally irresponsible. The arid zone moving northward into Texas and the Southwest was exactly what climate scientists predicted.
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5. rlwhipkey
7:00 PM GMT on August 20, 2011
Thank you all. Sam Rayburn covers 114,500 acres. At it's current level of 155.36 mean seal level (11 feet below norm) approximately 90,000 acres are usable. The record low is 150.75 msl which allowed 70,000 usable acres.
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4. gingyb
6:58 PM GMT on August 20, 2011
Thanks your for sharing although a very bad scene. Hoping for rains soon. One of those tropical storms have to come your way
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3. gilg72
6:38 PM GMT on August 20, 2011
All great photos of a tragic situation. 10's & Thank you for sharing. Hate to see this happening.
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2. mtncrew
6:11 PM GMT on August 20, 2011
The news just does not give the impact of how severe your situation is....you and the rest of Texas are in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing!
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1. newenglandlight
3:58 PM GMT on August 20, 2011
Wow, that's extreme. I just saw a story on one of the weather channels about the severe drought in Texas. I'll pray for rain for you guys.
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My wife bought me a Canon EOS 50D for my 50th birthday last September. I've been having a great time learning the camera. Hope y'all enjoy some of the shots. God bless.

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